Roger Federer Calls Out for a Hike in Prize Money

Published 06/19/2019, 4:53 AM EDT


The 20-time grand slam champion, Roger Federer suggests that prize money should be increased for players playing at the qualifying level and for the participants of the ATP Challenger Tour events. The Swiss also talked about the on-court coaching rule.

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Roger Federer said in a statement, “Prize money should be increased for qualifiers and challengers.”

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The world no. 3 further added that he does not support on-court coaching as the rule would be biased for those who can afford top coaches and those who cannot.

He continued, “I don‘t support on-court coaching, I think that I have the best team in the world, and so I don‘t think it‘s fair that I could profit from that and another guy, who has maybe no coach can‘t benefit at all“

Even Judy Murray, Andy Murray’s mother also agreed with Roger Federer about increasing the prize money for the players playing the lower level.

Roger Federer is currently participating at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, where he is seeking his 10th Halle Open title. Federer cruised past through John Millman 7-6, 6-3 in the first round of the Gerry Weber Open. Earlier, Roger Federer was defeated by John Millman at the US Open, last year.

“I’m very happy that I won my first round,” Roger Federer told reporters in the post-match press conference.

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Roger Federer revealed that he was satisfied with his first round performance in Halle as this is the first time that he played the Halle Open without playing in Stuttgart in the past few years.

He said, “The last few years I’ve also always played Stuttgart before so this is my first match back on the grass. My first round used to be always in Halle back in the day. I always think any way you get through is a good way because the next match will always feel different, better and all that stuff.”

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Roger Federer will face the Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round of the Gerry Weber Open 2019.

 

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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